Assemblyman Mark Leno Introduces Legislation to Ban Harmful Fire Retardants in Furniture and Bedding

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Studies show that exposure to even the lowest concentrations of certain fire retardants can cause reproductive, developmental, neurological or other health problems including cancer, thyroid disruption, hearing deficits, and birth defects.

SACRAMENTO, CA— Flanked by researchers, burn specialists, firefighters, and public health and environmental advocates, Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) announced that he has introduced Assembly Bill 706, which will ban the use of all brominated and chlorinated fire retardants in upholstered furniture as well as bedding products such as pillows, comforters, and mattresses.

“California regulations shouldn’t result in kids sleeping on pillows or playing on furniture filled with toxic chemicals that could cause long-term damage to their health,” said Assemblyman Mark Leno, referring to existing and new potential regulations being developed by the California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation. “The types of chemicals being used today have been linked to cancer, birth defects and reproductive difficulties.  This bill creates a smarter and improved fire-safety standard for furniture while protecting our kids, workers, and others from potentially dangerous exposure to toxic chemicals.”

Click here to read the full press release from Mark Leno.
Thanks to the California Furniture Manufacturers Association CFMA for this information.

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